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Wyoming

Wyoming 

Don those cowboy boots and journey back to the Wild West in Wyoming. This frontier land is tamed, of course, but the western spirit is alive and kicking! From Yellowstone, the world's first National Park and World Heritage Site, to the largest rodeo in the west at Cheyenne Frontier Days, Wyoming is a vast, natural paradise.

Wyoming is a sparsely populated state in the northwestern region of the United States. The majority of the state is dominated by the mountain ranges and rangelands of the Rocky Mountain West, while the easternmost section of the state is a high altitude prairie region known as the High Plains. Wyoming is bordered on the north by Montana, on the east by South Dakota and Nebraska, on the south by Colorado, on the southwest by Utah, and on the west by Idaho. The Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming. The state is a great plateau broken by a number of mountain ranges. Surface elevations range from the summit of Gannett Peak in the Wind River Mountain Range, at 4,207 m, to the Belle Fourche River valley in the state's northeast corner, at 952 m. In the northwest are the Absaroka, Owl Creek, Gros Ventre, Wind River and the Teton ranges. In the north central are the Big Horn Mountains; in the northeast, the Black Hills; and in the southern region the Laramie, Snowy and Sierra Madre ranges.

Wyoming's climate is generally a semi-arid continental climate, which is drier and windier in comparison to most of the United States with temperature extremes. Summers in Wyoming are warm with July high temperatures averaging between 29°C and 35°C in most of the state. With increasing elevation, however, this average drops rapidly with locations above 2,743 m averaging around 21 °C. Summer nights throughout the state are characterized by a rapid cool down with even the hottest locations averaging in the 10-14 °C range at night. In most of the state, the late spring and early summer is when most of the precipitation tends to fall. Winters are cold, but are variable with periods of sometimes extreme cold interspersed between generally mild periods, with Chinook winds providing unusually warm temperatures in some locations. Wyoming is an arid state with much of the land receiving less than 25 cm of rainfall per year.

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